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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

a theology of distraction

Secularism is defined as "denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis." This word comes from the Latin saeculum meaning "generation," or "age." In a Christian context it connotes "the world." I wonder if it may also be called a "theology of distraction." Distractions seem to come around more often when something that has a religious or spiritual basis may be of benefit to us. Lent is like the opposite of secularism.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI to resign

I am sorry to read that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. He has faithfully led the Catholic Church, advanced the Christian faith and theology and is an inspiration to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. His many writings will continue to inspire those who read and study theology and his liturgical legacy is of great benefit for the life of the Catholic Church and Christians world-wide.

May God be with the pope and the Catholic Church at this time and lead the Catholic Church in the process of choosing his successor.

Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. - Pope Benedict XVI, from his homily at the Inaugural Mass of his pontificate, April 24, 2005

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Nunc Dimittis - then and now

Haec dicit Dóminus Deus: Ecce ego mitto Angelum meum, et praeparábit viam ante fáciem meam. Et statim véniet ad templum suum Dominátor, quem vos quaeritis, et Angelus testaménti, quem vos vultis . . .

These words of the Lord by the prophet Malachi (3:1ff) speak of the Lord's sending of His Angel to His Temple. When it was time for Mary's purification, Jesus' parents brought Jesus to the Temple and presented Him there (Luke 2:22-32).

Jesus would be the sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. On this day the Nunc Dimíttis is emphasized, it is found in the Gospel, Antiphon, etc.:

Now Thou dost dismiss Thy Servant, O Lord,
according to Thy word in peace;
because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples . . .

Among those receiving the blessed Eucharist these words are a fitting echo for we have seen and received the Lord's salvation. He, born of the Blessed Virgin, purifies us of our sins.